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Vol 53 No 17

Published 24th August 2012


Let them wear cotton

One of the first challenges for Egypt’s new Prime Minister, Hisham Kandil, was to explain the collapse of large swathes of the electricity grid in early August. In a late-night television address, he rattled off statistics about the unexpected rise in demand, the effects of high temperatures and the temporary shortfall in generating capacity. What caught the public’s attention, and provoked widespread ridicule, was his plea for people to conserve energy by wearing cotton clothing and gathering in one room of their homes.

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